Iâ€™ve been using a Dell Latitude XT2 Tablet PC for a couple of months now. It goes with me to all my meetings and has replaced my stack of legal pads I used to have in my office. Is it a perfect replacement? No, but itâ€™s good enough that I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll go back to paper anytime soon.
Overall Iâ€™ve been pretty happy with this tablet and have grown quite accustomed to using it for almost all my computing needs. While I donâ€™t think it will take the place of a desktop PC anytime soon, it is more than capable of stepping in as a replacement for my laptop.
– Multi-touch screen. Iâ€™ve had a lot of fun with this. Canâ€™t wait to use it with Windows 7.
– Handles pen input well.
– The transition between finger and stylus input works well; just double tap the screen with your finger and youâ€™re off and running.
– Nice keyboard. The keyboard may seem a little small, but itâ€™s laid out nicely and is comfortable to type with. I’ve composed many documents on the XT2 and haven’t had any problems using the keyboard.
– The size is both a pro and a con. The XT2 is small enough to take anywhere, and light enough that you donâ€™t get tired of carrying it around. See ‘Cons’ below for comment on screen.
– The screen on the XT2 has great resolution, but the colors appear a little washed out.
– The battery life is poor even with the extended battery pack. With the wireless on I can expect about 3 hours out of the 42 WHr 6-Cell lithium battery.
– The digitizer isnâ€™t perfect and the pen will occasionally freeze for a few seconds.
– The XT2 lacks programmable buttons around the edge of the screen. Other tablet PC that Iâ€™ve used typically have 2 to 4 buttons around the edge of the monitor that can be customized for the user when in slate mode. I miss this feature.
– The biometric scanner is average. Most of the time I have to swipe my thumb 2-3 times before I get a hit.
– Screen size. The XT2 has a 12.1 inch display. While it makes the overall size of the tablet small, Iâ€™d like to see a little more real estate to work with. Perhaps less beveling would help. Fujitsu makes a couple of tablet PCs with a 13.3 inch screen; Iâ€™d like to see them up close and personal. I have an older Acer TravelMate c310 tablet PC in my office that the pharmacists use on occasion and it has a very nice 14.1 inch display.
– There is no eraser on the end of the stylus that comes with the XT2. The stylus with the Acer TravelMate c310 has one. Itâ€™s a nice touch.
– The wireless switch is located on the side of the tablet. I understand the need for the switch on the side when the tablet is in slate mode, but Dell needs to add a second switch to the keyboard like all their other laptops. Update (11/4/09) – The wireless switch on the keyboard is Fn-F9. My laptop is Fn-F3. I guess I just didn’t look hard enough.
– Doesnâ€™t have a standard PCMCIA slot. I use a Verizon Wireless PC5750 PC Card when Iâ€™m away from an alternate connection. Unfortunately this card will not work in the XT2.
The Dell Latitude XT2 is a nice tablet, but for the money I think Iâ€™d try a Lenovo ThinkPad X200 tablet first.